As Delhi grapples with a health emergency due to its poor air quality, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Monday tweeted out some tips to tackle the pollution, asking people to eat enough broccoli and carrots to increase the level of antioxidants in their bodies.
“Oxidative stress triggered by various pollutants has serious negative effects on human health. One positive action is to include food items with high level of Antioxidants that can neutralise this. Of course, the solution lies in exposure prevention & control,” Vardhan, who is a doctor, tweeted.
In a long thread, he added: “The main thing to do is to increase your levels of Antioxidants & decrease your formation of free radicals. One method of preventing oxidative stress is to ensure that you’re obtaining enough antioxidants in your diet through Broccoli,Carrots, Spinach Red cabbage,Red peppers etc. These are high in fibers, carotenoids, vitamins C & E, phenolics such as p-coumaric, chlorogenic & caffeic acids. Food containing phenolic compounds is found to decrease risk of vascular diseases.”
Pollution levels in Delhi hit a three-year high Sunday, despite the air quality being better than the previous years till Diwali. As per the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), at 4 pm on Sunday, the capital’s 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) stood at 494, the highest since November 6, 2016, when it was 497.
On Monday, taking up the issue of Delhi’s air, the Supreme Court observed that state governments should be held legally responsible for “allowing people in neighbouring places to die”.
“No one is safe even inside homes; this is atrocious. Can we survive in this atmosphere? This is not the way we can survive. This (situation in Delhi) is worse than Emergency. That Emergency was better than this emergency,” the court said.